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(1971)

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Followed by 

Shaft (1973) (TV Series)
Shaft (2000)

Spin-off 

Shaft (1973) (TV Series)

References 

Rough Night in Jericho (1967)
The title is advertised on a marquee.
The Scalphunters (1968)
The title is advertised on a marquee.
The Animal (1968)
The title is advertised on a marquee.
Barbarella (1968)
Part of the title is visible on a marquee.
The Wild Females (1968)
On theater marquee.
School for Sex (1969)
On theater marquee.
MASH (1970)
Title can be seen on a movie theatre marquee when Shaft takes a cab to Amsterdam Avenue
Patton (1970)
Title can be seen on a movie theatre marquee when Shaft takes a cab to Amsterdam Avenue
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
On theater marquee.
Little Fauss and Big Halsy (1970)
The title is advertised on a marquee.
The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)
On theater marquee.
Scorpio '70 (1970)
Title can be seen on a movie theatre marquee when Shaft takes a cab to Amsterdam Avenue
Perfect Friday (1970)
On theater marquee.
Love Story (1970)
He & She (1970)
"He and She" is advertised on a marquee.
Get Carter (1971)
Title can be seen on a movie theatre marquee when Shaft takes a cab to Amsterdam Avenue

Referenced in 

McCloud: Top of the World, Ma! (1971) (TV Episode)
Title on cinema marque as Bubba walks the streets of New York
The 44th Annual Academy Awards (1972) (TV Special)
Winning song performed by Isaac Hayes
One-Armed Boxer (1972)
In the American version, the Shaft instrumental theme is used in the opening credits.
Hit Man (1972)
Norm's Dilemma (1972)
Norm mentions the title.
Mo gui tian shi (1973)
The "Shaft Theme-Song" is played
The Paper Chase (1973)
A "Shaft" soundtrack album cover can be seen in one scene.
Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
Richard Pryor's character has a speech about private investigators in the movies. The speech quite clearly references John Shaft.
Good Times: The Encyclopedia Hustle (1974) (TV Episode)
JJ mentions Shaft by name
Parkinson: Episode dated 7 December 1974 (1974) (TV Episode)
Michael mentions that he saw Shaft.
Ingrid's Dark Trip (1974)
The album cover is visible.
Barney Miller: Ambush (1975) (TV Episode)
Kelly mentions that cops are now like Al Pacino and Richard Roundtree
Mary Tyler Moore: Mary's Delinquent (1975) (TV Episode)
Sue Ann mentions going to see this movie with Celestine.
Saturday Night Live: Buck Henry/The Grateful Dead (1978) (TV Episode)
referenced by Nick the lounge singer
Sesame Street: Episode #10.76 (1979) (TV Episode)
Billy Joe Jive has a poster on his wall
Saturday Night Live: Rod Stewart (1981) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Raheem Abdul Mohammed on SNL Newsbreak
Soul Man (1986)
The "Shaft" theme is heard as Mark goes to the BLSA meeting.
Night Court: Baby Talk (1987) (TV Episode)
"I'd like to do a tune, a favorite of mine and I hope it's one of yours, too. I call it, 'The Theme From Shaft.'"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cosmic Princess (1989) (TV Episode)
The trio sing the theme from Shaft with altered lyrics
Mystery Science Theater 3000: SST: Death Flight (1989) (TV Episode)
Servo: "He was Shaft."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Legend of Dinosaurs (1989) (TV Episode)
Joel notes the movie's theme music sounds like Issac Hayes' famous theme song.
The Kids in the Hall: Episode #1.2 (1989) (TV Episode)
Cabbage head: "Why don't you play something sexy, like Shaft?"
Night Court: Amore or Less (1990) (TV Episode)
Title song mentioned
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Project Moonbase (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Roundtree? Hey, that's Shaft!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: First Spaceship on Venus (1990) (TV Episode)
Joe: "That John Shaft's one bad . . ." Crow: "Hey, shut your mouth!"
New Jack City (1991)
The Simpsons: One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish (1991) (TV Episode)
Bart and Lisa sing the Isaac Hayes-penned theme song from the 1971 movie
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Pod People (1991) (TV Episode)
Joel: That Trumpy is one bad mother... Crow, Servo: Shut your mouth.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Fugitive Alien (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow and Tom: "That Joel Robinson is one bad . . ." Joel: "Shut your mouth!"
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: She Ain't Heavy (1991) (TV Episode)
Dee Dee, Will and Geoffrey talk about this film.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: City Limits (1992) (TV Episode)
Joel: "But the stupidest movie was a big piece of . . ." Crow: "Shut your mouth!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Being from Another Planet (1992) (TV Episode)
Joe: "Shaft; elevator shaft"
Bébé's Kids (1992)
Seinfeld: The Pilot (1993) (TV Episode)
Elaine's favorite movie(mentioned by Seinfeld).
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Warrior of the Lost World (1993) (TV Episode)
Tom: "They say Mega-Weapon is one bad mother-" Crow and Joel: "Shut your mouth!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) (TV Episode)
Servo: Who's the puffy guy who's the big blurry sex machine? Mitchell!
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) (TV Episode)
Servo: Sounds like Shaft is coming.
Without Walls: Kiss My Baadasssss Ice-T's Guide to Blaxploitation (1994) (TV Episode)
clips shown and discussed
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Jules' "Bad Motherf****r" wallet is a reference to Isaac Hayes' themesong
The Critic: Every Doris Has Her Day (1994) (TV Episode)
the movie title is printed on Jay's boxer shorts
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Red Zone Cuba (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Shaft did it better."
Houseguest (1995)
poster on wall of Sinbad's apartment
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beast of Yucca Flats (1995) (TV Episode)
sings Theme song
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: The Wedding Show (Psyche!) (1995) (TV Episode)
Some dialogue copied, Will & Lisa have a Shaft-themed wedding, Isaac Hayes performs the theme
Bad Boys (1995)
NewsRadio: Big Day (1995) (TV Episode)
plot point and the song is recited in dialogue
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Cold Feet, Hot Body (1995) (TV Episode)
Will and Denise mention the film
So Wrong They're Right (1995)
Listed on an 8-track of movie songs.
Saturday Night Live: Madeline Kahn/Bush (1995) (TV Episode)
The Spartan Cheerleaders reference the 'Hush your mouth' lyrics'
Girl 6 (1996)
A Thin Line Between Love and Hate (1996)
A poster is visible in Smitty's office.
Married with Children: Bud Hits the Books (1996) (TV Episode)
Griff says he "did the Bundy" while watching this film.
Fled (1996)
Pusher (1996)
Still photo on bathroom mirror.
NewsRadio: Complaint Box (1997) (TV Episode)
shaft lyrics written on complaint card
Final Fantasy VII (1997) (Video Game)
Good Burger (1997)
Afro Promo (1997)
This film is referenced in the trailer for "Cool Breeze" (1972).
The X-Files: Bad Blood (1998) (TV Episode)
Mulder regurgitatates lines from Shaft when Scully finds him on the floor next to the bed.
U.S. Marshals (1998)
Father Ted: Going to America (1998) (TV Episode)
Ted listens to the theme from the movie and sings along to it.
Behind the Planet of the Apes (1998) (TV Movie)
Just Shoot Me!: What the Teddy Bear Saw (1998) (TV Episode)
Theme song mentioned.
ER: Masquerade (1998) (TV Episode)
Benton dresses up as John Shaft; the show's theme sounds in the background.
The Making of 'The Frighteners' (1998) (Video)
mentioned a few times
The Blood Tide (1998) (Video)
Goyor talks about Blade as Shaft with Vampires
Playboy: The Story of X (1998) (Video)
Giving It Up (1999)
The women in the office try to figure out what music is being used for the presentation.
8MM (1999)
Cowboy Bebop: Mushroom Samba (1999) (TV Episode)
A hard-boiled African-American character called Shaft.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1999) (TV Episode)
Grandpa: I'm talking about... Crow: Shaft, John Shaft.
Sliders: A Thousand Deaths (1999) (TV Episode)
Remmy introduces himself to Hal as "Detective John Shaft."
Intimate Portrait: Pam Grier (1999) (TV Episode)
Futurama: Raging Bender (2000) (TV Episode)
A film called "Shaft on Recidi 9" is playing in the cinema.
Nurse Betty (2000)
Whipped (2000)
Sexy Beast (2000)
mentioned in conversation
Gilmore Girls: Kiss and Tell (2000) (TV Episode)
Lorelai says that she'll be mistaken for Shaft, being cool in front of Dean
Spaced: Change (2001) (TV Episode)
Tim says "Jar Jar binks makes the Ewoks look like f***ing Shaft!"
Bones (2001)
Who Is Alan Smithee? (2002) (TV Movie)
Zilch (2002) (Short)
New York at the Movies (2002) (TV Movie)
The Blood Pact: The Making of 'Blade II' (2002) (Video)
mentionned once
A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
mentioned in documentary
The Simpsons: The Strong Arms of the Ma (2003) (TV Episode)
Homer says, "It's like I'm married to Shaft!"
Baadasssss! (2003)
dialogue
Scrubs: My Friend the Doctor (2003) (TV Episode)
A patient's family member says that "Shaft is our Citizen Cane"
Top Gear: Episode #4.1 (2004) (TV Episode)
Theme music heard during the "France challenge"
The Wire: Time After Time (2004) (TV Episode)
the title song is heard
Two and a Half Men: Yes, Monsignor (2004) (TV Episode)
Charlie: "Wait 'til you meet my nephew. He can belch the theme from Shaft."
Trois 3: The Escort (2004) (Video)
poster seen on wall
Veronica Mars: Clash of the Tritons (2005) (TV Episode)
"get all Shaft on him"
Desperate Housewives: Fear No More (2005) (TV Episode)
Richard Roundtree's character, Mr. Shaw, works for the Hafts Detective Agency. "Hafts" is an anagram of "Shaft". Richard Roundtree played John Shaft in Shaft (1971).
Tripping the Rift: Chode & Bobo's High School Reunion (2005) (TV Episode)
Theme tune parodied during flashback
Lost: Orientation (2005) (TV Episode)
Sawyer calls a black guy "Shaft"
One Hundred and Eighty: The Tour Documentary (2005) (Video)
Referenced by name
Half & Half: The Big Sexism in the City Episode (2005) (TV Episode)
Dee Dee's father uses Shaft as an alias.
Sleeper Cell: Family (2005) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue by Darwyn
That '70s Show: Spread Your Wings (2006) (TV Episode)
Isaac Hayes sings an alternate Shaft Theme Song ("Theme for Fez") in Fez' daydreaming sequence
Crossing Jordan: Blame Game (2006) (TV Episode)
In the beginning, Bug arrives at work in his cool new car and smooth new outfit while the theme to Shaft is playing.
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates Funerals (2006) (TV Episode)
Caruso calls Chris "Shaft"
Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006) (Video Game)
An advertisement reading "Shaft week" can be seen outside the Oakley Drive-in Theater
42nd Street Forever, Volume 2: The Deuce (2006) (Video)
This film is referenced by name in the U.S. theatrical trailer for 'Savage!'.
Everybody Hates Chris: Everybody Hates the Substitute (2007) (TV Episode)
the theme song is referenced
Death Proof (2007)
This film's theme is one of the records in the jukebox.
Leroy (2007)
One of Leroy's friends lends him a video of the film, and they talk about it again on several occasions.
Paybacks Are a Bitch (2007) (Video)
mentioned once
Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)
In Egypt, the "Shaft" theme is heard in a foreign language.
Peep Show: Mark's Women (2008) (TV Episode)
While kissing Sophie, Mark thinks "Maybe I'm Shaft."
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross: Episode #14.23 (2008) (TV Episode)
Will mentions that Jonathan pitched him two ideas about remaking Shaft, both of which involved time travel.
I Dreamt Under the Water (2008)
poster in video store
Psych: Disco Didn't Die. It Was Murdered! (2008) (TV Episode)
Shawn says, "It is a bad mother" and is cut off by Gus, who says, "Shut your mouth!"
Skeleton Key 2: 667 Neighbor of the Beast (2008) (Video)
mentioned in dialogue
Life on Mars: Things to Do in New York When You Think You're Dead (2008) (TV Episode)
Shaft is mentioned by Denise as the only black cop she respects.
Pushing Daisies: The Norwegians (2008) (TV Episode)
"I learned that from the greatest detective in the world. Of course, I'm talking about Shaft. You can dig it."
Nip/Tuck: Ronnie Chase (2009) (TV Episode)
Richard Roundtree is called Shaft
My Name Is Earl: My Name is Alias (2009) (TV Episode)
Theme music used when showing Darnell's father as a secret agent.
Two and a Half Men: The Two Finger Rule (2009) (TV Episode)
Michael Clarke Duncan's character says that his wife named his penis Mr. Roundtree after Richard Roundtree. Later he and other cast members sing the theme from 'Shaft'.
Nostalgia Critic: Steel (2009) (TV Episode)
The Critic is disappointed that "Shaft" (actor Richard Roundtree) appears in "Steel".
Streets of Blood (2009) (Video)
a black cop is sarcastically called Shaft
FlashForward: Black Swan (2009) (TV Episode)
Ned compares his future black self to the character Shaft
eXploitation CinemA (2009)
referenced as a beginning of "blacksploitation" genre.
The Big Sleaze (2010)
Video Box on Desk
Nostalgia Critic: Theodore Rex (2010) (TV Episode)
"Shaft?"
Community: Anthropology 101 (2010) (TV Episode)
Pierce says that he and Troy are "like Batman and Shaft."
Travel Bound: Shiny Shiny (2010) (TV Episode)
When the say the babys name it copies the backing vocals from the theme song
Travel Bound: Who's Your Daddy (2010) (TV Episode)
the baby's name is used in a similar way as the theme song
Travel Bound: Ninjas, Babies, and Automobiles (2010) (TV Episode)
The baby's name is "shaft" and when it says the baby's name it has singing voice that resembles the backing singers from the theme of the movie.
The Hit List (2011)
mentioned in dialogue
Guys Choice Awards 2011 (2011) (TV Movie)
The film was mentioned
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Classics from the Vault: Movies that Changed the Movies (2011) (TV Episode)
Gene mentions that "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song" influenced the film
2 Broke Girls: And the Reality Check (2011) (TV Episode)
Caroline mentions the theme to this movie
Hagan Reviews: Gayniggers from Outer Space (2012) (TV Episode)
"Sounds like Shaft 5."
The Cleveland Show: The Men in Me (2012) (TV Episode)
Video seen in Blackbuster Video
Nostalgia Critic: The Top 11 Awesome Movie Themes (2012) (TV Episode)
Critic uses this movie to show how a music theme can make a film better.
Robot Chicken: Choked on Multi-Colored Scarves (2012) (TV Episode)
referenced in the War Horse remake trailer
Django Unchained (2012)
Broomhilda's last name is von Shaft - a direct ancestor of the 1970's blaxploitation character Shaft, according to Tarantino. Samuel L. Jackson, from this film, also starred in the 2000 remake of the film.
Birth of the Living Dead (2013)
Mark Harris mentions it. Also, poster is shown.
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness: Night of the Living Dead: Full Length Commentary (2013) (TV Episode)
Mentioned among the blaxploitation films made in the 70s.
Shameless: A Jailbird, Invalid, Martyr, Cutter, Retard, and Parasitic Twin (2014) (TV Episode)
Mickey calls the bouncer at Ian's club "Shaft".
Parenthood: Too Big to Fail (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Family Guy: Brian the Closer (2014) (TV Episode)
Mentioned in dialogue
Last Man Standing: Helen Potts (2015) (TV Episode)
Mike calls Chuck, Shaft, and Chuck says, "I can dig it"

Featured in 

Classified X (1998) (TV Movie)
Baadasssss Cinema (2002) (TV Movie)
It is mentioned and discussed. Also, poster and footage of this movie are shown.
Century of Black Cinema (2003) (Video)
Clips shown.
I Love the '70s: 1971 (2003) (TV Episode)
TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004) (Video)
clips
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies (2004) (TV Movie)
The song "Theme from Shaft" is #38 on the list.
SexTV: Shafted: The Story of Blaxploitation Cinema (2006) (TV Episode)
Clip from the movie is used in this doc about blaxploitation cinema.
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
In Memoriam tribute
Indie Sex: Censored (2007) (TV Movie)
Clips from the film are featured in this documentary
Nostalgia Critic: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2007) (TV Episode)
"Shaft" theme song played over TMNT footage.
Black to the Future: Hour 1: The 70s (2009) (TV Episode)
clips, discussed
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Daybreakers/Leap Year/Youth in Revolt (2010) (TV Episode)
The #5 Movie Badass.
American Grindhouse (2010)
Footage of this movie is shown.
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011)
A clip of the movie trailer shown.
Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #2.21 (2011) (TV Episode)
a clip is shown during Roger and Gene's segment
Count It Down: Coolest Movie Characters (2013) (TV Movie)
Shaft is #11.

Spoofed in 

The Pee-wee Herman Show (1981) (TV Movie)
Pterri's description of Kap'n Karl spoofs the Shaft theme song
UHF (1989)
Tank Girl (1995)
Tank Girl sneaks around in the garage to the sound of the theme from Shaft.
The Fast Show: Mixa (1996) (TV Episode)
A snooker player is spoofing Shaft from this movie. Whenever he appears, music spoofing the Shaft theme tune plays and sometimes 70's backgrounds appear behind him.
Girl 6 (1996)
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996)
The opening song is sung similar to theme of this movie.
Dexter's Laboratory: Beard to Be Feared/Quackor the Fowl/Ant Pants (1997) (TV Episode)
In "Beard To Be Feared", Dee Dee and her friends' dialog about the bearded Dexter is a parody of the Shaft theme song
Good Burger (1997)
Steel (1997)
Richard Roundtee's character says he "likes the shaft" of the hammer he designed
Love Stinks (1999)
Shafted! (2000)
Conker's Bad Fur Day (2001) (Video Game)
The Jedi Hunter (2002) (Short)
Kim Possible: The Golden Years (2003) (TV Episode)
Drakken refers to Nanna Possible as "a bad grandmother," to which Kim interrupts "Shut your mouth." Drakken replies, "I'm talking about Nanna"
True Crime: Streets of LA (2003) (Video Game)
After all 3 endings, George says that Nick needs a theme song and proceeds to spoof Shaft's theme: "Who is the man who's half-Chinese and half-white man? KANG"
Scrubs: My Friend the Doctor (2003) (TV Episode)
There is a spoof rendition of the Shaft theme song.
Scrubs: My Cake (2004) (TV Episode)
Turk mocking Shaft lines looking himself in the mirror with an afro drawn on it
Stuart Little 3: Call of the Wild (2005) (Video)
theme song is parodied in the skunk's song
Beerfest (2006)
A scene with a tough black lady in a neat leather coat while the Shaft-theme is playing
Saturday Night Live: John C. Reilly/My Chemical Romance (2006) (TV Episode)
Theme from Shaft is spoofed as 'Harpoonman'
Official Shaft Parody (2010) (Video)
Porn parody.

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